It's Craftalong time!

It's Craftmas in July and Tour de Fleece time and I am so eager to jump in!

I'll be participating in both craftalongs this month, and vlogging my progress along the way. (This will be my first vlog-style YouTube video too and I am excited to try something new with my videos as well!)

Tour de Fleece is a giant spinning craftalong that takes place concurrently with the Tour de France each year. That means it starts today! I am excited to be participating with Team Spindlers, with the simple goal of spinning every day during the tour. I'm starting with fiber I began spinning for a previous Tour de Fleece (...ahem) and will focus on finishing that handspun project. 

Craftmas in July is a smaller craftalong that I started with Sarah and Christina two years ago. We wanted to make Christmas projects for our homes well outside of the holiday season. We post our progress using the #craftmasinjuly hashtag and welcome anyone who wants to make things for any holiday (with any sort of crafting) to join us! This year I'll be using the star ornament kit given to me by my friend (and super talented designer) Laura Nelkin at the summer TNNA trade show last month. I've never knit with beads before but I'm confident that Laura's instructions will guide me through. I can't wait to see these beautiful ornaments decorating my tree this winter!

With both of these craftalongs I'm keeping my goals simple, as you can see, and mostly looking to enjoy the process and the fun of participation and cheering along with the progress of other crafters. Last year, I was super motivated for Craftmas in July but lost my beloved grandfather on July 1, and it was a while before any I had the motivation for any sort of crafting at all. This year, I'm looking forward into dedicating myself to some quality making time again. 

Are you participating in Tour de Fleece or Craftmas in July? I am excited to see all the holiday crafts and beautiful handspun made this month! 

How I Plan: My Monthly Layout Process

In this video, I'm sharing my basic process for doing my monthly spreads in my planner! I keep my monthly layouts simple and focused on my time-sensitive appointments for both work and home. I like it to be functional and of course, a bit pretty too. If you're a "planner person" like me, I hope this is a useful video! 

Here are the products I mentioned and use - everything marked with * is a referral link - if you choose to use them, thanks!

* Filofax Domino A5
* Inkwell Press Inserts (that link will give you $10 off a minimum order of $50 if it's your first Inkwell purchase!)
* Inkwell Press Washi Sheet Stickers, striped and solid (see above for the affiliate link details)
- The sheep washi pouch is sold out but it's from the Ravelry minimart
* Pilot Frixion pens (I like the extra fine)
* Post-it Notes - I like the full adhesive because they don't budge! 
* Project Life 6X8 album, multi chevron, for storage